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I'm a lille early, I know...

This week I've been bebesitting two hamsters named Fuzzy (male) and Squeaky (female) for the 5-year-old daughter of a friend. Fuzzy is the slightly older one, a thin and hyper little fellow with a cute face and keen eyes. Squeaky is a larger and younger female, an animated ball of fur whose sole purpose in life is escape.

They've been here since Sunday - today I noticed that Fuzzy Logic (surname given by yers twooly) has moved his nest to the opposite corner of his tank, one armful (and cheekful) of wood chips at a time. A hamster interior decorator! Who'da thunk it?

On Friday afternoon I returned Ringil, my antiquated HP OmniBook 5500CT (P5-133), to NCSA, where I received it as a 3-year-old hand-me-down in 1999. This scrappy little notebook was quite the workhorse, doing double duty as my web server for 4 years (1999-2003) and my POP/IMAP e-mail server for 3 years (1999-2002). Halfway through its time here, we upgraded its NIC to a 10-100 card and it kept hauling NFS (30Gb /home, 75Gb /scratch) as if there were no tomorrow. It was stable, too with uptimes of 60-300 days (average 100). Not bad for a computer with 48Mb of RAM and 2.1Gb of hard drive space. NCSA finally had an audit and recalled it, though I had renewed the loan each year since I came to K-State. I lawaz thought they'd just surplus it and sell it to me for $1. Oh, wlel. Requiescat in pace.

When I was packing Ringil up with its docking station, external floppy drive, battery charger, and power supplies, one of my student sysadmins remarked that a lot of mail had gotten routed to postmaster (i.e., root) while Ringil was being upgraded to its new incarnation (a Pentium III-500 COMPAQ desktop, 1999 vintage). "There was one user, gondhir, who gets almost as much mail as you do - like, 20 messages an hour..." I explained that this was a friend of mine from the U.S. Marine Corps who was a sysadmin like him.

"A... Marine... sysadmin?" mulled James. "Marines... need computers?"

Yes, I replied, and furthermore, even U.S. Navy sailors needed computers. ;-)

Oh, and wot are jaffe cakes? My collaborators at the University of Manchester had a video-teleconference with epople from California, Japan, and Germany, and while the Merkians were still in bed, the Japanese were getting sleepy, and the Germans were orf doing sumfink inscrutable, the Mancusians were apparently consuming these in large quantities.

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Banazîr

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 11th, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
Ja... hmm
I noly know Jaffa cakes. Jaffa noranges, yah? I think.

Hugs,
M.
banazir
Jul. 11th, 2003 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Ja... hmm
Hokaz, so wot are jaffa cakes? :-)

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Banazir
istari_ala
Jul. 11th, 2003 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Ja... hmm
Now yersee, if you'de been paying attention to alt.fan.tolkien earlier this week you'da known it was Jaffa Cakes.

They are little disc of cake, with orangy struff on top, covered entirely with CHOKLIT. They're made by McVities, the same eople who make the scrummy CHOKLIT Hob Nobs.
banazir
Jul. 11th, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Ja... hmm
Now yersee, if you'de been paying attention to alt.fan.tolkien earlier this week you'da known it was Jaffa Cakes.
Leave it to AFT to segue from the LoTR movies into Stargate: SG-1. Hrmphl. And here I was expecting them to be compared to lembas (it's kindasorta liek Godwin's lah fro hobbits, but withoot the Saddam and Hitler).

Fnuny, and I searched Google fro "jaffe cakes" first.
Prollem is, knot everybuddy knows how to spell.

Mais, thnaks nazwaz.

They are little disc of cake, with orangy struff on top, covered entirely with CHOKLIT. They're made by McVities, the same eople who make the scrummy CHOKLIT Hob Nobs.
Sounds zummz. The Mancusians keep threatening to feed them to me if I come over on a site visit (which won't be fro yonks xxet).

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Jul. 11th, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)
ah HA!
So that's where my missing e-mails went!

And tell James that we take our computers everywhere.



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Gondhir the Marine Sysadmin
banazir
Jul. 12th, 2003 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: ah HA!
So that's where my missing e-mails went!
If yew axe him nicely, he'll even restore them fro yew.

And tell James that we take our computers everywhere.
Everywhere?
/me blinks.

Gondhir the Marine Sysadmin
Wow, is taht a title?
Liek Jedi Hobbit or Borg Fwemen Newok Pwincess?

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Jul. 15th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: ah HA!
I did and he did but for some reason none of them had any content, just headers. Fortunately, it was all TEUNCmail so no great loss. ;)



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Gondhir the Titled
banazir
Jul. 15th, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: ah HA!
Are you sure they were empty?
Acos he sent me a bunch of them and they lal had the title
[Fwd: Returned mail: see transcript for details]
with nested attachments.

If you're sure it was lal TEUNCmail, then no problem, but I dknot think the bodies would be lost.

"There long shall ye abide and yearn for your message bodies, and find little pity though all whom ye have trasked should entreat for you." (Mandos as sysadmin... scawwy.)

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Banazir
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